Media Releases 2015

Posted on 14/08/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks and AFL SportsReady recently joined forces to offer a traineeship within the Nature Parks’ Environment department. Former trainee Shani Blyth has successfully completed her traineeship and has been offered a three year contract as an Environment Ranger with the Nature Parks.

Shani stated: “The whole traineeship has been an incredible opportunity, but to be offered a role has been my greatest achievement to date. I love working in the outdoors and giving back to our beautiful environment.”

Shani commenced her first traineeship in 2010 in a bank but, as Shani points out: “This made me see that I wasn’t made to work in an office. Working at the Phillip Island Nature Parks made me realise that I am set for an outdoors career. The hands-on wildlife experience is where I see my future.”

“The recruitment of an Indigenous trainee is a key action in the Nature Parks’ Reconciliation Action Plan and is an exciting step in our journey towards strong cross-cultural relationships,” Human Resource Manager for the park, Margie Woods said. “Shani has proven to be a valuable member of our team and has contributed significantly in the time she has been here.”

Her current supervisor, Jarvis Weston, Ranger in Charge of Environment, is one of Shani’s biggest supporters and is thrilled to see her stay on. Jarvis commented: “What’s been most rewarding has been seeing Shani develop in her field - watching her absorb everything she needs to know about the environment from identifying dog tracks and fox tracks, to watching her learn about environmental management.”

While completing her traineeship Shani studied a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management which was a huge benefit to her. “I was able to really learn and understand in depth about my role and the Australian environment. Now I have a greater understanding of Victoria’s ecosystems and the wildlife native to our land.”

Shani went on to say: “Traineeships are definitely worthwhile. It’s been a great experience and I’ve been places that I never dreamed of going.”

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